I find the 100 point rating system fascinating on a number of levels. Most fascinating of all is the degree to which it effects those wines that receive very high scores. Even more fascinating is the degree to which a wine that receives the elusive 100 point rating is helped. Much more fascinating is the degree to which a 100 point Robert Parker rating helps a wine. Quite simply, a 100 point rating from Robert Parker(R.P.) guarantees a wine not only sells out, but sells out at an extraordinarily rapid pace.With this in mind, I thought I`d take a look at this breed of wine. It appears that Mr. Parker has bestowed 100 points on a total of 224 wines.
Origin of 100 point Parker wines
The region which has produced the most 100 point R.P. wines is the Rhone Valley in France with 69 such wines. Bordeaux is second with 53 wines, followed closely by California. Interestingly Champagne has produced a total of zero 100 point wines. Champagne is accompanied in that distinction by Oregon, New York, Chile, New Zealand, Argentina and Austria.
Current maturity level of 100 point Parker wines
R.P. gives a range of years during which a wine will be drinking at its best. Depending on how deep a wine is into his range or how far outside the range it currently falls based on its age, Mr. Parker will describe that condition with a simple word.
Of the 224 wines that have received 100 point scores, currently they are at this level of maturity:
No maturity given...48 wines
Colour of wines
white/dessert: 28 wines
red: 196 wines
Vocabulary associated with 100 point Parker wines
Of course no 100 point rating is complete without a description of the wine. Parker`s descriptions of 100 point wines tends to be elaborate and complete in every way. What was interesting, however was to look at the frequency with which particular descriptive words were used in reviews of 100 point wines. `Rich` is the descriptive word that appears to show up most often in a wine that receives 100 points form R.P. 101 f these wines have this word in the review.
Other interesting tidbits
Oldest wine: 1811 (d`Yquem)
Least expensive wine(listed price): $59.00-1995 Chateau la Graviere Tirecul Vendange Tardive cuvee Madame
Most expencive wine(listed price): $57,666-1811 Chateau d`Yquem
Winery with most wines rated 100: Chapoutier (13)
Wine rated 100 points most often: Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline (9 different vintages)
Vintage with most 100 point wines: 2007 (27 wines)
by Tom Wark